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good morning, america. this morning, high alert. security is out in full force across new york and washington. a massive response with the threat of a possible bomb. the nation's intelligence and law enforcement agencies are in a race against time, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 just one day away. and this morning, will officials even know the name of one of the suspects . and also this morning, america remembers. ten years ago this weekend, our world change. incalculable horror was met with heroine. and we're on display. america's need to both remember and rebubud. there's a massive and stunning new memorial here, right alongside the rising of america's tallest skyscraper. we're going to take you inside and introduce you to one firefighter's family, and they receive a priceless gift from an
unlikely source. and good morning, america. from ground zero on this weekend where america remembers, we are also getting a fresh dose of the fear that we first tasted at this very site nearly a decade ago. >> that's right, dan. security is extra tight throughout new york and washington, d.c., with checkpoints and searches tying up traffic all day friday, into the night last night and this morning. now, here's what we know, there is a credible, though unconfirmed report, of three men planning a car or truck bombing in new york or washington on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. officials telling abc news that this is a real plot. it's a real plan and an intent to go forward with is it. we'll go to brian ross with more.
>> anks, bianna, but first, i want to give you a quick tour. for so long, this place sat empty. this morning, it is a place transformed. take a look at the brand-new 9/11 memorial. it's built right into the footprints of the towers. massive waterfalls, two of the largest man-made waterfallsls o earth. and right next door, what will be america's tallest skyscraper, at a rate of one story per day. it is quite a thing to behold. bianna, we're going to take you up into the tower and also up into the memorial coming up. >> quite an inspiration, dan. but we do begin with that terror threat, president obama addressed the threat for the first time in his weekly address this morning. >> make no mistake, they will keep trying to hit its again. but as we're showing again this weekend, we remain vigilant, we're doing everything in our power to protect our people.
no matter what comes in our way, as a resilient nation, we will carry on. >> let's get the very latest from the possible al qaeda plot. brian ross is with us. brian, authorities seem to be narrowing down the details of the suspect and the time line. >> that's right, bianna, officials tell abc news, they believe they have identified the name of at least one of those three suspects. they believe all three suspects traveled to the pakistan/afghanistan region sometime during the summer, spent about a month there, and then headed back to the u.s., arriving here on either august 30th or september 1st. it comes from an informant that is well known and trusted by the u.s. but the information is descscbed at best second hand. authorities say they have no real information and expect it to be real. >> reporter: throughout the night, new york city remained on
lockdown. checkpoints on all bridges and tunnels in and out of manhattan. >> there's police everywhere. there are blockades everywhere. >> reporter: acrosshe city, traffic gridlocked. >> as long as we've been flying over the city, this is the worst we've seen it. it is a nightmare. >> reporter: in the subways, popoce everywhere. police on high alert, working off very little information, some of it at best second hand. it's been a and from theic 72 hours as intelligence officials track down leads. it started wednesday in pakistan where officials say the cia first developed the information. three men, including at least one or maybe more american citizens had travelled to the u.s. in late august or early september from pakistan through dubai. assigned to attack new york or washington with a vehicle bomb on september 10th, 11th or 12th. officials call the source
credible. late wednesday night, the intelligence was relayed to washington and cia headquarters. early thursday at the white house, the president and vice president received the first of several briefings on the vehicle bomb threat. around 7:00 p.m., as the president has arrived to address congress, the fbi and cia were in high gear. >> you use all the resources that we have. people are working 24/7 on this issue. >> reporter: u.s. authorities believe that the three men likely arrived with nothing more than a suitcase full of clothes and an al qaeda vehicle for a bomb which would involve chemicals and components easily purchased here, bianna. >> brian, we're learning details as who the potential suspects are, any details as to what the targets have been? >> reporter: well, terrifics were washington or new york, apparently with ininstructions if they couldn't reach those two targets to do anything that would cause the most possible destruction over this weekend. >> brian, we appreciate your
report. meantime, intelligence officials are working around the clock to track down the three men suspected in the terror attacks. abc correspondent pierre thomas joins from us washington. pierre, they think they've identified at least one of these men. what is the next step? >> bianna, this is a very intense moment they're looking at a pool of people. they narrowed it down as brian said in august from a number of countries but there's a particular focus on dubai. when names are compared to intelligence files and officials are zeroing in on those who went to new york or washington. i'm also told that investigators are checking to see if any possible suspects rented weapons or vehicles or explosives. it could be a life and death situation. >> pierre, as you reported in the past, intelligence officials have unfolded many possible threats leading up to this weekend's anniversary.
but it appears that authorities are taking this one more seriously. are they? and why? >> look, bianna, even though the threat is not confirmed to be a real plot, my sources are telling me, until they come to a definitive answer, they have to pull out all the stops. that's why you see such a dramatic force here in washingtgt and new york. and also possible other threats. so this is one of the most intense nerve-racking periods that we've seen in quite some time. and those nerves an fears aren't just for today and tomorrow, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. those fears for next week. >> we appreciate you reporting. back to dan at ground zero, dan, as we've heard from pierre, you can see that the officials and police have ramped up all over, throughout the city. >> throughout the city. as pierre said, nerve-racking. i want to bring in the special
agent and he's now here at ground zero. they're talking about a credible threat, what exactly does that mean? >> credible mean, the search of information, whether human or plotted, theyook at the facts, they think this is credible but by no means does this mean it's real. and that's the problem because we've got a single source. and that's the big question that we're trying to answer is it's real. >> do you think the police are overreacting? >> no, they're not overreacting. once they've gone over this, they've announced this, they are in a position to deter this threat. we know that washington, d.c. say prime target, we know that new york is a prime target, they have no choice but to react. the number one thing is to protect the public and this is what they're doing. >> i look a subway ride with mayor mike bloomberg, he was talking about the need for
vigilance, see something say something has become a cliche, but what do you think? >> it's 52 homegrown terror tacks, 52. the majority of those have been in the last two years when those plots have been thwarted, it's because the public, somebody has seen something. this is ourr vanguard, this is the public, this is the dynamic. say something. >> thank yous for coming in. >> thank you. we're going to take a closer look at this place behind us, ground zero. there will, of course, be a ceremony here tomorrow,s that has been every year since the attacks. all the families were invited also with president obama and president bush. take a look at what the families will now be seeing, for nearly a decade, while this place has been considered halalwed ground, it has actually been just a h he
in the ground. while politicians and victims' families thought there were meaningless ribbon-cutting ceremonies that went nowhere. this morning, though, that has changed dramatically. >> reporter: ever since there was a pile of smoldering steel, americans have been drawn to ground zero. in the days after 9/11, i met people who came here from all over the country to see it for themselves. >> it's a bit of a -- >> my legs are shaking. you know. my legs are weak. being here. >> just all those people, you know, it's real tragic. >> reporter: for most of the intervening decade, ground zero has been a hole in the ground. now, however, that has all changed dramatically. inside the exact footprints of the twin towersrs two the larget man-made waterfalls on earth.
michael elrod designed it. >> when i see this, i just feel in my gut there was a tower here and there were people in that tower. >> absolutely, i wanted to make what was absent visible. it's an enormous void. you see it in your eyes, but you sense it. it feels like it opens up around you. >> reporter: the 2,991 names in each pool are carved out of specially treated bronze that will be kept warm to the touch in winter and cool in summer. right next door, the largest skyscraper in the western hemisphere is rising, it's called one world trade center. it will ultimately be 104 stories and symbolic 1776 feet. so the work hereever stops? >> never stops. >> reporter: so the workers don't have to go all the way down for lunch, they have a subway sandwich shop in a
shipping container that moves up as the building goes up. safety is a massive concern here, unlike the twin towers, this building will have a core made out of concrete that is seven times stronger than the concrete in a sidewalk. the elevator banks and the stairways, they are all within that concrete course. so, if, heaven forbid, something happened in an upper floor, people would be able to get out above and below. being here, you realize this is not just a construction site. >> we're sfin stories up. >> reporter: it is an attempt to retake the sky. and this entire 16-acre site once barren and now bustling is an attempt to strike a balance between rebuilding and remembering. t me show you one other new thing here. see that building between the memorial pools, the gleaming building? that is the new 9/11 museum which is going to open next
year. it has reminders of that day, the damaged fire trucks and the staircase which miraculously stayed intact, allowing so many to escape. in the little town of shanksville, pennsylvania, the families of the victims who died were taken on a memorial that is now in construction there. in washington, where 184 people died at the pentagon, there are now benches honoring each of the victims there. and abc news' john hendren is at the scene this morning. john, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, zan. a decade later, the scars on the pentagon have healed, though, if you look closely, you can still see the discoloration where the new limestone has been laid alongside the old. osama bin laden is dead, thanks to troops who report to commanders inside that building. but al qaeda lives on. that explains today'ss heightend security with the new terror
threat. 184 people died that day. 125 of them inside the pentagon, 54 of them on american airlines flight 77. today around 10:00 eastern, former president bush and his wife will come to pay their respects, laying a wreath on that memorial. tomorrow, president obama comes to pay his respects. 2,300 people work inside that building and each and every one of them can tell you how they've been personally affected either on that day or in the decade that follows. dan and bianna. >> dan hendren, thank you very much. starting at 8:00 eastern, for "9/11 america remembers." anchored by diane sawyer and george stephanopoulos. let's go to ron claiborne. good morning, everyone. we begin with the flooding in pennsylvania and new york state. water levels are finally receding but more than 70,000 people are still out of their
homes and they're unsure when they'll be able to return. here's abc's lynndie davis. >> reporter: the intent of the flooding is even more devastating from above as the governor of new york witnessed first hand. >> there will be thousands of homes that will have sustained damage when all it is said and done. hundreds of businesses. >> reporter: in wilkes-barre, pennsylvania, the susquehanna river crested at a record 42 feet. the end result of what noaa estimates to be 45 trillion gallons of rain dumped on the u.s. by tropical storm lee, yuf to fill yankee stadium nearly 58,000 times. as the water recedes, joan thomas' anxiety is rising. >> i need to go home. >> reporter: she was evacuated wednesday night, and has been staying along with 1,800 binghamton, new york, residents
at this red cross center with her grand son. >> are you ready to go home? >> reporter: but going home is out of the question for thousands who may not be able to leave shelters for another 48 hours from new york to maryland. ruined homes and soaken basements remain vacant. even though the river started to recede, flooding is likely to persist for several more days. for "good morning americaca binghamton, new york.s, and president obama has signed a major diaster declaration. the major bastrop fire is 30% contained, hundreds of homes have been destroyed and evacuees have spent their sixth night away from their home. and finally, check out this video here, it's in devonshire, england, it's barry haimen age 65 being followed down the
street by his pet duck named star. he follows him everywhere he goes. he goes shopping, he used to hang out in his pocket when he was smaller. even goes to the pub. and barry has plans to watch the rugby world championship with star in his pub. it's now time for the weather and brian mon what han from the orlando afill. good morning, brian. >> good morning, bianna. again, the floododg continues to be a part across the mid-atlantic. the northeast continues to see rain across southern pennsylvania, worst flooding since hurricane agnes back in 1972. the tropics are busy today, actually the peak of the hurricane season. katia heads out and maria and nate. maria could become a hurricane but sending no worse
good morning. after water blog we can some relief this weekend. temperatures in t upp 60's. the careful if you're driviving out there. see clouds overhead we will sunshine through the day today. most of the rain activity is going to stick to the north of us. and a a 79y skies degrees. for to man would be responsible for causing it. guess what. it happened. abc david wright tells us how. >> reporter: if you ever wondered what difference one man
can make, consider san diego. one guy's mistake meant lights out for 5 million people. one minor screwup meant 2 million gallons of sewage pumped straight into the ocean. one guy's incompetence, cost the economy as much as $118 million. >> do! >> reporter: yep, you're in homer simpson territory. ♪ rollin' rollin' rollin' >> reporter: they won't soon forget what plunged this whole region of darkness for several hours. a single employee of an arizona power company whose repairs to a substation northeast of yuma went so badly wrong that he managed to knock out the region's main high-voltage extension cord. of course, there's not one guy to blame, america's aging infrastructure, too.
not to mention the power, precious few want to shoulder the cost of maintaining the means of delivery. is it even conceivable we've done everything possible to defend a ainst osama bin laden only to leave ourselves vulnerable to homer simpson? >> reporter: you be the judge. for "good morning america," david wright, abc news, los angeles. and coming up on "good morning america," poignant portraits. meet the artist who is giving a special gift to families of the heroes of the world trade center. and the way we were. everybody remembers where we were on september 11th but what about september 10th. our john berman with slices of life from the day before the disaster. [ male announcer ] it's important to have a little taste of home at the office.
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♪ the prospect for the weekend, the best in ree weeks. the 60's. in some dense fog out there so be cacareful if you're driving have a coastal flooding for the intel 80 am chesapeake bay. you can see some high clouds out there. some clouds today and the sunshine as well. our stormscan is free of rain.
and good morning, america, on saturday, september 10th. from ground zero, i'm dan harris. you are looking at live pictures of the strauling new 9/11 memorial. massive waterfalls spills right into the footprint of the towers where water is flowing at the rate of 26,000 gallons per minute. >> good morning, dan. i'm bianna golodryga, as you mentioned, today is saturday 10th. wewe're going to focus on that specific date. were were you september 10s are 2001? of course, it was a very different world. with different headlines. we'll take a look at what we reported that day. along with one man's missisi to give a special gift to families who lost loved ones. it's a story you'll want to see. >> it's an incredible story, bianna. and i want to share with you extraordinary detail of the
memorial which families get to see for the first time tomorrow. pbs captured this, it took three years to find out how to group the 3,000 names that ringed the pool. organizers honored more than 1,000 specific individual requests from family members who wanted their loved ones placed near specific friends and co-workers. an extraordinary feat. but we're going to begin with this new terror threat facing america. abc news has learned that officials believe they now know the name of one of the three men who may be plotting the possible attack. for the latest on this, let's go to abc's chief investigative reporter brian ross who is in times square this morning. brian good morning to you. >> good morning, dan. this information comes from flight logs and a manifest. the information came from a cia informant in the
pakistan/afghanistan area. apparently the men had been in the u.s. and traveled back to that area and then returned to the u.s. either august 30th or september 1st. using thatinformant, they belie they now have one name and looking at others. >> that's tricky because we're trusting them. brian ross, we know you'll stay on top of this story as the anniversary looms. let's go to the studiy another look at top headlines. good morning, everyone. president obama took his jobs program on the road, beginning in the virginia district,he republican majority leader eric cantor speaking at the university of richmond. the president called on the gop-led house to pass the $400 billion-plus package. republicans said they would be with working on the white house. and bank of america may lay off
as many as 40,000 employees which would be 14% of the total workers for. it seems to be concentrated in the consumer business. >and a ferry has sunk off the coast of zanzibar. the largest passenger ferry reportedly overcrowded. 270 people have been rescued. the death toll is unknown. thousands are gathering meanwhile, awaiting word or news of their loved and those mourning the loss of their loved ones. finally, a new addition to the "gma" faek, my producer welcomes adrian levy. >> she's beautiful. >> beautiful. time for the weather and brian monahan from the orlando affiliate wftv, brian? >> good morning, and the
thunderstorms, just individual north of los angeles, into southern california, vivid. and above it, in the los angeles area, into san diego as well, showers and storms will continue in the respective areas, 76 in l.a., and could be flooding in parts of the desert southwest. here's what's happening nationally. thunderstorms from the sunshine state from orlando to tampa. beautiful weather, though, back to minneapolis, 84, some 15 degrees above average. decent why can the -- weekend. about 84 tomorrow. partly sunny skies. humid coitions but a chance >> that's your local forecast. this morning, this weather
report has been brought to you by advil. bianna, dan? >> brian, great to have you this saturday morning from orlando. coming up on "good morning america," the day before the disaster, what were we talking about on september 10th, 2001? plus, one artist who is remembering heroes from that tragic day and giving back to their families in a special way. a truly remarkable story that you won't want to mi. and some of you remembered 9/11 in a special ed condition of "my three words." acey calvert and i train professional athletes with yoga. i know how my body should feel. if i have any soreness, i'm not going to be able to do my job. but once i take advil, i'm able to finish my day and finish out strong. then when i do try other things, i always find myself going back to advil. it really works! [ laughs ] [ male announcer ] make the switch. take action. take advil.
♪ as you look at ground zero, of course, we all remember where we were ten years ago on 9/11. but do you remember where you were ten years ago today? september 10th. abc's john berman takes a look at what was going on the day the world changed your. >> i'm diane sawyer, it's monday, september 10th, 2001. >> reporte it was just another day on the calendar. another beginning of another week. on the news, reports about tough commutes. >> the average driver has been
pushed to the break point, and we don't mean the brakes on your car. very been intense comeback. >> michael jackson is trying to push a comeback. >> reporter: venus had just beaten serena williams at the u.s. open. barry bonds chasing a home run record. the biggest film in the country, "the musketeers." the biggest song ♪ -- "fallen" from alicia keys. and the biggest tv show. >> who wants to be a millionaire? >> reporter: the summer was filled with chandra levy. barack obama was a state senator from illinois, sarah palin, the mayor of wasilla. and rudy giuliani still had hair, sort of. the news, the economy. >> red hot battle with keeping
the country out of the recession. >> reporter: and challenges in the military. >> donald rumsfeld has declared war on bureaucracy. >> reporter: that would soon be the least of his worries. yes, it was a different time, a different era. there was no facebook, no twitter, no ipods even. but in terms of our daily concerns there were no ieds, no anthrax, no threat levels. most americans have never heard of kandahar in afghanistan, or shanksville, pennsylvania. you kept your shoes on at airports and kept your toothpaste in little bags. closing moments before tragedy and before heroes. monday, september 10th, 2001. two towers still stood, and more than 2,000 of our friends, first responders and countrymen still lived. it was the last day then before the first day of now. for "good morning america," john berman, abc news, new york.
>> so fascinating to look back. our thanks to john berman. bianna, that really reminds me something i heard recently from experts who study memory. which is that traumatic events are remembered in a way by us that are much more vivid than traumatic events which is why 9/11 feels like yesterday. >> i actually went to that michael jackson comeback concert, a big evevt. i completely forgot about it. and a friend asking me how the concert was for me to remember it. >> an incredible look at our mind function. coming up here on "good morning america," and also a truly remarkable story, one firefighter's family got a special gift from a complete stranger. >> and "your three words" to remember 9/11. ♪ [ male announcer ] it's important to have a little taste of home at the office.
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♪ and now from ground zero, a story of a man who lives very far from this place who has now done something extraordinary for the families of the victims who died here while trying to save other people's lives. they are portraits of the fallen, firemen, policemen, heroes of 9/11, immortalized in oil paint, a small tribute with enormous meaning. >> it's more than just the portrait. it's really almost not about the portrait. it's about the person. >> reporter: these are pictures with a dual purpose. first, to be given to the families, but also the images
are part of this memorial, unveiled on a rainy new york city morning this week. in amongst the faces on this flag, firefighter ray york still remembered fondly by his family. >> he's a character. he's very fun. >> he just had a way of making people feel, you know, just special. >> reporter: we're going to hear more about ray in a minute, but first, the man who created this memorial. for a year now, nashville native darryl lynne has been working on this, getting portraits made of 9/11 heroes as part of a nonprofit group and turning this painting into a memorial, a love letter of sorts to the heroes. >> you see the pictures, thousands are running from the building and hundreds are running into the building. it takes a special person to do that. >> reporter: in a mission,
darrell made it his mission to give the paintings for free to those left behind. what's it like to see a family unveiled for the first time? >> it is the most emotional profound moment you can ever experience. >> reporter: and that is one of the reasons darrell has come to new york this day to give ray york their present. inside the york home, as they wait for darrell to arrive, emotions on this anniversary are still very close. >> his nature was to be saving. to help people, to get someone out of a bad situation. >> reporter: they proudly but tearfully remember the sacrifice on this day. his wife found out through a phone call thatt ray would not e coming home. >> i said to the gentleman, where is he? what's going on? is he okay? he said, no, he's gone.
and i just remember looking at the kids and trying to think to myself, i have to be calm because i knew the worst thing that could happen in our life had happened. >> reporter: ray is always with them in waiting big and small. his stepson is a firefighter and hopes to join the fdny next year. this portrait that darrell brings is a welcome reminder of this family's missing piece. >> we have the whole crew. >> yeah, my family. >> i hope it brings a little bit of comfort to you. >> wow. >> wow. >> beautiful. may i hug you? >> of course, you can hug me.
are you kidding me. >> reporter: ray's presence fills the room. >> it's perfect. it's perfect. >> very lifelike, i feel like he's sitting right here. >> a hundred years from now, it will be here,itting on somebody's wall, and they'll say, who is that? they'll say, that's my great, great grandfather, do you know his story? and i want everybody to know for generations that this great man lived and this is what he did and this is the sacrifice he made. >> reporter: and let me tell you something about ray, he did not have to come here to the world trade center that day. he was on light duty with a shoulder injury, but he hitched a ride with a satellite tv truck. and he died when that second tower came by. one quick note, they just turned on the waterfalls behind me. it's beautiful. >> it's beautiful to see.
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on "gma," tune in tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. eastern for another special e >> good morning. it's 7:56. theng a look at some of topping the news. officials say they have credible specific but unconfirmed threat against new d.c.or washington, three men are possibly to detonate a car bomb connectionity in tomorrow's 10th anniversary september 11. >> and flooding remains a area.n throughout our entire neighborhoods have virginia andboth
maryland. closed dueare still water. countyprince george's investigating a crash. hit and killed a woman after midnight on suitland parkway. released theot victim's name. f the forecast. o >> for the first time in an k it's not gloomy raining. shot on pennsylvania haze and fog.s is out.sun to see a fairg sunshine this week. side,atures on the cool 60's. is humid. calm as we goe the day today, they're going to be out of the northwest. the dewpoints are beginning to fall. news.s good will dissipate over the hours.uple of rain in thean, any area blessedly not. rain inthe pennsylvania. is the remnant of tropical lee. partly sunny slight chance afternoon thunderstorm,